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review 2017-08-02 08:05
Book Blitz - Power Play

Power Play
Sophia Henry
(Pilots Hockey #2)
Publication date: February 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

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Intro: Gaby works at a store that Landon’s family have been patrons at for years, so they’ve known each other on a friendly level. In the second chapter, Landon tries to prove to Gaby that he isn’t a stranger. They have a natural, easy way with each other and great banter. This is a scene with a fun exchange between Gaby and Landon. This snippet comes from end of the scene after Gaby grills Landon with questions—all of which he answers correctly.

 

From POWER PLAY:

 

“How did you know that?” I glanced past him. A slight movement outside the door had caught my eye, but no customers walked through.

 

“Told you we weren’t strangers.”

 

“You’re creeping me out. Seriously.” I thought I held the championship belt for scary stalker. At least I had a reason: Landon Taylor, my vote for sexiest man alive and hottest hockey player in the AHL. But there was no reason for him remember random facts about me. “I’m not—anything.”

 

“Or maybe you’re everything.”

 

“What?” My brain didn’t have the capacity to wrap itself around everything going on right now. My dad had a heart attack. My crush alludes to me being everything—whatever that means. Can’t think. Storage limit maxed out.

 

“I pay attention when it comes to you, Gaby.”

 

“But why?” Surreal couldn’t even begin to describe this moment.

 

“You were my first kiss.” After sprinkling that confusing seed in my head, Landon spun around and walked out. Through the front window, I watched him thread his fingers together behind his head and raise them toward the clouds in a stretch as he disappeared from my line of sight.

 

 

 

 

This is book # 2 in the Pilots Hockey series.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I always recommend to understand series books to read them in order.  This is a good series and deserves your complete understanding.
 
Gabriella AKA Gaby has been in love with Landon for as long as she can remember.  When he helps her with her father's heart attack, she starts to see maybe he cares for her also.  Can they learn to trust and maybe start something for the future?
 
Landon has had the hots for Gaby as long as he can remember.  They grew up right near each other and he has been attracted to her the whole time.  Every one seems to know it but Gaby.  Can he convince her he is serious?
 
As they get to know one another the fires start to have a slow burn.  I really like this book and how the characters get a feel for one another before they turn up the heat!  Such a sweet and romantic story.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
 
 
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in return for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

Sophia's writes heartfelt and flirty fiction for readers who love the Mature Young Adult and New Adult genres. Check out her emotional and engaging Pilots Hockey series from Random House Flirt.

 

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review 2016-10-31 22:20
Good Story and Characters
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel - Sophia Henry

Kristen is on a cruise her parents gave her upon graduation. She ends up on a Greek singles cruise. Kristen has cystic fibrosis , so she never thought she would find love as it wouldn’t be fair as she knew her life would be shorter than most people's. But Kristen always believed she should never let an opportunity pass her by. Then Kristen runs into Spiros - a boy from her childhood and who her parents think Kristen should marry. Kristen wants nothing to do with Spiros. Then Kristen Literally runs into Pavel/ Pasha . Pasha wants to keep everyone at arm's length as he had been abused in his past. So Pasha is a player but also on the Detroit Pilots hockey team. Pasha basically got any girl he wanted. Pasha ended up on the same cruise as Kristen and there is an instalove/lust but that does change. Pasha ends up acting as Kristen’s fake boyfriend so Spiros will stop stalking Kristen. But as Kristen and Pasha get to know each other things change for them both and they really start to care about each other. Pasha does heal and changes as he  had been a no relationship guy.

I really enjoyed this story. I hadn’t read the previous books so was a little confused for a couple of pages but that was okay . Once I got into the story a little I didn’t want to put it down. My heart went out to both Kristen and Pasha and rooted them on as if they were real so this is a nod to the author. I loved how Kristen and Pasha came together and grew to truly care for each other and I choked up a couple of times. While reading this. I truly enjoyed the characters and the ins and outs of this story. I recommend.

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review 2016-10-26 08:05
Virtual Tour w/Review - Unsportsmanlike Conduct
 
Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series 
“fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”

 

 
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Pilots Hockey #4
Sophia Henry
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016
Flirt
 
 
The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.” 
 
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.
 
Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.
 
 
Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.
 
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So, what’s your story?” I asked.

 

My story?” He lowered his head and gazed at me over his sunglasses.

 

My heart flittered fast, waiting for him to tell me to move or ask why I had chosen to sit next to him, given all the open seats surrounding the pool. But he didn’t.

 

Had I really chosen this spot because these were the only three empty chairs next to each other? I could have dragged another lounger next to two others.

 

You’re not Greek. I can tell that by your accent.” Under the ruse of trying to figure him out, I twisted my torso and leaned toward his chair. Subconsciously I relished the opportunity to study his features more closely. “So you can’t be one of the Detroit-area Greek singles I’m supposed to be hanging out with.”

 

I am. I came here with a friend.”

 

Who’s your friend?” I asked, tucking my hair behind my ears.

 

Blake Panikos.”

 

I didn’t recognize that name. And after spending the majority of my life around people in the Greek Orthodox community, I pretty much knew anyone close to my age, whether we went to the same church or not.

 

How do you know Blake?” I settled back into the lounge chair, flicking back a corner of the towel that had fallen onto my shoulder.

 

Adonis’s lip curled into a smirk. “Panikos worked with me when I lived in Detroit.”

 

Where do you live now?”

 

North Carolina.”

 

Really?” I sat up. “My best friend just moved to Charlotte.”

 

Charlotte. That is where I live.”

 

What a small world. She lives downtown, in the Avenue condos.” I paused to correct myself. “Well, I guess you guys call it uptown instead of downtown.”

 

Why did she move to Charlotte? Did she get a job there?” Adonis leaned sideways and picked up a plastic cup from the ground next to his chair. He took a sip of his drink.

 

No. She moved in with her fiancé. He’s a hockey player.”

 

Adonis didn’t respond, but he choked on his drink and diverted his eyes toward the pool.

 

His name’s Aleksandr Varenkov,” I added. “Do you know him?”

 

No,” he answered quickly, and adjusted his aviator sunglasses, which had slid down his nose. “I never heard of him. Maybe if I saw him, I’d know his face.”

 

If the Internet worked here, I’d show you a picture on my phone.”

 

The ship has Internet,” Adonis corrected me.

 

Yeah, but I can’t afford the hundred dollars a minute they charge to access it.” A hundred dollars a minute was only a slight exaggeration—the ship charged enough that I didn’t feel the need to waste my money. I’d wait until we docked somewhere with a restaurant or a bar that offered free Wi-Fi. “So what do you do?”

 

His gaze veered from my lips to my eyes before he answered. “I am a Pilot.”

 

Really? So you’re always traveling, eh? Do you love it?” I reached over and grabbed my water bottle off the tiny table next to my lounge chair.

 

I like to fly. To travel. It is, um, a good job for me.” Adonis took another swig from his drink, something clear with a cluster of crushed ice floating in it. “Where do you work?”

 

I leaned back in the chair and bent my knees slightly—perfect position to soak up the sizzling sunshine. “I’m the assistant to one of the owners of Motor City Bar Management. It’s a company that owns a group of bars around Detroit. I coordinate all the volunteers and employees for events that our bars host or sponsor.” I finished my water and set the empty bottle on the table.

 

What kind of events?”

 

Concerts. Bar crawls. Promotional events before games,” I said, rattling off a few of the things I’d helped plan recently.

 

Wonder if I’ve seen you around,” he said. “I go to a lot of concerts.”

 

Probably not,” I said. “I just started two months ago. Before that I was at Central State.”

 

Adonis’s eyes darted toward something behind me. “You like the party life?”

 

Sure. It’s fun right now while I’m young.” I wiggled my toes, watching the pink glitter polish sparkle in the sunlight. “My goal is to learn the ropes of event planning, then turn it into something more professional in a few years when I don’t want to be immersed in the bar scene anymore.”

 

Suddenly he sat up and swung his legs over the side of the chair, planting them on the ground facing me. Then he leaned close, his face inches from mine.

 

Was he going to kiss me?

 

My heart hammered, excited and eager to accept a kiss from this stranger. I licked my lips and closed my eyes. But instead of feeling his mouth on mine, I felt his breath against my face.

 

The guy you are trying to avoid is behind you,” he said.

 

My eyes flickered open. “Huh?”

 

The guy you ran from.” Adonis nodded. “He is behind you now.” He leaned back, resuming his original lazy, reclined position. Then he tilted his cup and drained his drink.

 

How did this guy already have my heart pounding and my mind begging for his lips on mine? I figured the salty ocean air must be permeating my brain and breaking down my common sense.

 
 
 
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey, #4)Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book # 4 in the Pilots Hockey series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. But, why miss out on such an amazing series if you don't have to? For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.

Kristen & Pavel meet on a singles only cruise. The bad news for Kristen is an old friend is stalking her with her parents permission. The good news is Pavel is there as well.

Pavel AKA Pasha, honestly wants to get to know Kristen better. He is just certain his past will come in between them and wipe any happiness out. Little does he know, Kristen has a secret that may do that all on it's own........

What a terrific series this is! This book was stunning and amazing all on its own. The characters pull you in almost immediately. The heat between them is so HOT! I had such a hard time putting this book down. Who needs dinner anyway? A good book is food for my soul.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with a BS in English from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.
 
 
 
 


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review 2016-10-26 06:24
Time to love
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel - Sophia Henry

This is book # 4 in the Pilots Hockey series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  But, why miss out on such an amazing series if you don't have to?  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.

 

Kristen & Pavel meet on a singles only cruise.  The bad news for Kristen is an old friend is stalking her with her parents permission.  The good news is Pavel is there as well.

 

Pavel AKA Pasha, honestly wants to get to know Kristen better.  He is just certain his past will come in between them and wipe any happiness out.  Little does he know, Kristen has a secret that may do that all on it's own........

 

What a terrific series this is!  This book was stunning and amazing all on its own.  The characters pull you in almost immediately.  The heat between them is so HOT!  I had such a hard time putting this book down.  Who needs dinner anyway?  A good book is food for my soul.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-10-21 00:28
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey, #4) by Sophia Henry
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel - Sophia Henry

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Sophia Henry is another amazing book in the Pilots Hockey series. Kristen Katsaros goes on a singles Caribbean cruise as a gift from her parents in hopes of her finding a Greek husband. Unbeknownst to her, Spiros Loukas, the annoying man whom her parents were hoping she would marry was also on the cruise. Hockey player, Pavel Gribov, comes to her aid by pretending to be her fake boyfriend. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.

 

I like Kristen. My heart broke for her having Cystic Fibrosis. My sister-in-law’s niece has CF, and I kept picturing her throughout this story. They are both beautiful and sweet girls who deserve to be happy. I like Kristen’s live life to the fullest attitude. She is a strong individual. I could understand why she was hesitant to get close to Pavel, after how her prior boyfriend treated her. I’m glad she gave him a chance.

 

I love Pavel’s mindset toward Kristen. I appreciated that he cared about her and not her illness. He didn’t want her to suffer, but he gave her a chance despite having CF. He didn’t run away because of her disorder. I could understand why he kept his identity from her. It was a complicated situation. I like the person he is around her. He is protective, fun, and kind.

 

I thought it was clever how Auden Berezin and Aleksandr Varenkov from book 1, DELAYED PENALTY, tied into the novel: Kristen being Auden’s best friend and Aleksandr being Pavel’s teammate. That created some interesting tension is the story.

 

Sophia Henry does a great job with her characters. They have a lot of depth and are very human. They have issues. They are not perfect. The plot was believable and interesting. Having been on multiple Caribbean cruises, I appreciated the setting. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT was a heartfelt story that I could not put down. It made me experience just about every emotion, and it truly moved me. I look forward to Sophia Henry’s next book in the series.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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